Baptist Press Archive

Monday, July 23, 2018

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  • James L. Sullivan; the tower is gone, legacy remains

    by Art Toalston, posted Monday, July 23, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Thirteen years after the death of the man for whom it was named, the 11-story Sullivan Tower was imploded on Saturday (July 21) in Nashville.

    Now all that remains are James L. Sullivan's monumental legacy as a lifelong Southern Baptist and more than 60 record boxes of his papers in the Southern Baptist Library and Historical Archives.

    Sullivan was president of the Baptist Sunday School Board -- now LifeWay ... Read More

  • Culture, discipleship grow LifeWay event 25 years

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, July 23, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Race is not the issue of Black Church Leadership and Family Conference, leaders told Baptist Press upon the 25th anniversary of the event described as the largest gathering of African Americans in the Southern Baptist Convention.

    "It's the culture," said Jay Wells, a retired LifeWay Christian Resources executive who helped found the event during his tenure in 1993. "Each generation and each people group have culture and God created us with differences and uniquenesses. It's not to say one is better than the other. Read More

  • Uzbekistan's religious liberty violations mount

    by David Roach, posted Monday, July 23, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (BP) -- Two new requirements for religious organizations seeking government recognition in Uzbekistan are said to evidence the Central Asian nation's continued restriction of religious liberty.

    Comprising five former Soviet republics, Central Asia includes Uzbekistan and two other countries on the U.S. State Department's list of countries of particular concern (CPCs) for religious liberty violations: Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. Another Central Asian nation, Kazakhstan, has been recommended for inclusion on the State Department's religious liberty watch list by the U.S. Commission on ... Read More

  • At age 86, Pete knew someone would lead him to God

    by Michael Waters, posted Monday, July 23, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    CONCORD, N.C. (BP) -- In the spring of 2016, I learned that Harvey "Pete" Overcash was in a nursing home for rehabilitation due to an accident with a garden tiller. He did not attend our church, but his wife Norma was a faithful member for more than 40 years and had recently become homebound with declining health.

    Norma was a children's Sunday School teacher while Pete showed no desire to attend church with her, but she faithfully prayed for him. Read More

  • Seniors say 'yes' to VBS

    by Chris Doyle/Oklahoma Baptist Messenger, posted Monday, July 23, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    OKLAHOMA Okla. (BP) -- Demonstrating that no one is too old to learn, Portland Avenue Baptist Church hosted a senior adult version of Vacation Bible School (VBS), July 9-12. By midweek, the church had nearly 20 seniors saying, as the popular VBS song goes, "Y-E-S to VBS."

    Gina McKean, director of children's ministries at the church located in Oklahoma City, Okla., said a church member went to a senior adult VBS at nearby Cherokee Hills Baptist Church last summer and asked her if they could do one at Portland Avenue. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The staple of seeking

    by Rhonda Rhea, posted Monday, July 23, 2018 (6 months ago)

    Rhonda Rhea tells of what she found in rummaging through the junk drawer and her purse -- and searching through Scripture. Read More